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TeeEye7

Jedi Apprentice
My wife is in the other room working on lesson plans as tomorrow is the first day of school in our area. It's been very busy these past couple of weeks for her preparing for the new year.

That got me thinking: SSG is replete with teachers. I would like to wish them all well (both veteran teachers and those starting their student teaching) for the upcoming 2008-2009 school year. I hope your year is as fun as it is successful! :thumbsup:




In spite of dealing with NCLB!
 
Thanks for the warm wishes!! I was a T.A. for the last two years while I was working on my Master's degree and I was recently hired in as a full-time instructor at the University of Toledo a few weeks ago.

My lesson plans probably aren't as in-depth as other instructors as I teach college level and I can write a few lines and know where I want to go that day. Still, I worked on lesson plans for my four Comp courses and it took me several days to type up and organize them. I think what takes me the longest amount of time is coming up with in class discussion questions and paper assignments.

I'm a bit nervous now being full-time, but i'm still ridiculously excited as I love teaching and this is the first time I can teach my courses and not worry about my master's paper, or my MA exam, or research, etc, etc. I can teach, hold hours, conference, etc, etc, and at the end of the day, go home and relax. Should be interesting! :thumbsup:
 

bobafrett

Jedi Commander
My sister in law is a teacher, and I'm sure she'll start back to school soon. She lives six hours north of me teaching on the Wisconsin, Michigan border.

I still keep in touch with my old art teacher, though I believe he is across seas for the summer, he still maintains a residence in my hometown. I had invited him to my wedding, but he had to decline because he was going to Greece.
 

Maradona

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Jun 25, 2007
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Thank you and best wishes to all the educators out there.

My school has a summer bridge program for incoming freshman that starts today and runs the whole week, so I'll be working starting in a couple of hours. Then, we've got about a week off before the real classes begin two days after Labor Day.

It'll be over before we know it...
 

JetsAndHeels

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Jan 15, 2002
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Thanks alot TeeEye!!

My school started week before last (we get out in May so we come back early August) so things have been going pretty well so far. I teach mostly
10th and 11th graders, so there never is a dull moment!!

Have a great year everyone.

Maradona-We have a summer bridge at our school too....its a great way to get those freshmen in and help them develop teamwork skills.
 

CaptainSolo1138

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I'd feel disrespectful saying I'm a teacher, but I am doing my student teaching this semester.

I'm both excited about and dreading student teaching. I know there are going to be issues with us dropping to one income and that I'm going to be absolutely bogged down with three preps and all the work that comes with them. But at the same time, I'm familiar with the school, students and teachers (I did my mid level experience there as well) and I feel I have a distinct advantage over other student teachers in that I won't have the butterflies about going into a new place like they will. I can simply continue to develop an already solid repoire.

Best of luck to all the real* teachers!











*Paycheck!
 

JetsAndHeels

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Jan 15, 2002
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Best of luck to all the real* teachers!

I don't really consider myself a real teacher. I am still new (2nd year), so I am not that great at it. I try my best to keep my students engaged and interested in the material, but sometimes it just falls short.

Hopefully I will get better.
 

Bel-Cam Jos

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To prove that teachers DO have a 7th sense, or even those married/related to teachers, I was thinking about starting a similar thread on the teaching world. There's a phrase that teachers use, "beg, borrow, and steal" as it relates to lesson planning.

We start classes next week (must... squeeze... last week of... summer for...all it's... worth... :par: ), but we have some meetings this week, plus all that copying and setting up (syllabi, room arrangements, books, signing-up). I'm pretty close; entering my seventh year means I'm closer to actually knowing what I'm doing now. :D

What "extra duty" (yes, I am setting myself up for comments on this one, so fire away :rolleyes: ) assignments have you/your teachers signed up for? I usually go for track & field officiating (recording high/long jump or shot/discus or timer for races, etc.), but I know others who only do non-sports (dance, theater, etc.) or indoor ones (basketball, volleyball, etc.). BTW, this is something that most teacher contracts include that means you "volunteer" to work some school-connected events (ours requires two).
 
I don't really consider myself a real teacher. I am still new (2nd year), so I am not that great at it. I try my best to keep my students engaged and interested in the material, but sometimes it just falls short.

Hopefully I will get better.
I'm sure you'll get better; it just takes practice and finding a groove. I remember how damned scared I was when I first started student teaching: one comp course of 25 students (mostly freshmen) at 8 a.m. on tuesdays and thursdays. I just kept myself as lively as I could and had a class that was a lot of student discussion. I would ask them questions constantly, call on those people who I could tell had no interest in talking in class, etc, etc.

But sometimes, yeah, I agree, the response just isn't there. I had that once and I got pretty irritated and had them write a 5 page response to two poems I found in the text. Needless to say, they stayed on the ball and did the assigned readings. hhehehehehehee

One trick we were taught was to bring a water bottle to class and if nobody answers your questions, take a few sips to take your mind off the awkwardness of the sitaution. It's silly, but it really helps and it can draw out student response. Then again, I have a mutant like power of ignoring awkardness and awkward situations. I'm the Larry David of the Comp dept. :thumbsup:


To prove that teachers DO have a 7th sense, or even those married/related to teachers, I was thinking about starting a similar thread on the teaching world. There's a phrase that teachers use, "beg, borrow, and steal" as it relates to lesson planning.

We start classes next week (must... squeeze... last week of... summer for...all it's... worth... :par: ), but we have some meetings this week, plus all that copying and setting up (syllabi, room arrangements, books, signing-up). I'm pretty close; entering my seventh year means I'm closer to actually knowing what I'm doing now. :D

What "extra duty" (yes, I am setting myself up for comments on this one, so fire away :rolleyes: ) assignments have you/your teachers signed up for? I usually go for track & field officiating (recording high/long jump or shot/discus or timer for races, etc.), but I know others who only do non-sports (dance, theater, etc.) or indoor ones (basketball, volleyball, etc.). BTW, this is something that most teacher contracts include that means you "volunteer" to work some school-connected events (ours requires two).
My school has orientation this week too, but it's primarily for first and second year T.A's, meaning i've been there twice so i decided not to go and to get some last minute summer shenanigans out of the way. I am going back on wednesday though to unpack and get my cable/internet hooked up again, etc. I will be attending the last day though as that's workshop day where faculty can exchange ideas, etc. My syllabi are done for the most part: just gotta add office # and office hours.

As for extra stuff, i plan to join some committees or groups as they encourage it and it looks great on a future C.V. I did a writing contest last year and really enjoyed it and i'm hoping to do more of that this year as well.

What courses are you folks teaching this year? I'm just four sections of comp I to start off.
 
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Bel-Cam Jos

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Sorry, I forgot about the JC and university profs out there. Not too many "extra duty" requirements for them, as they have enough going on.

What courses am I teaching this year? For the first time since I began, I'll have just two preps (different classes to prepare for, for those not in the know): freshman college-prep English and sophomore college-prep English. I'd had either Yearbook or exit exam study skills the last five years, too.

I seldom re-do assignments, so I am planning new stuff all the time. There are a few same ones, and I have to teach certain things as per the Standards (CA requires certain concepts or techniques that get tested on in the spring), but the individual work changes year-by-year. I do so normally on a week-to-week basis, to keep things fresh, current, and building on recent assignments.
 

Qui-Long Gone

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Special love to all teachers: preschool, elementary, Jr. High (special high five for intense courage under fire), Sr. High, and colllege. Good teachers (like good coaches) are what makes humans the superior species on planet earth. They inspire mankind's greatness, empower his faith, and give us the means to make dreams come true.

(Bad teachers create monsters, but that's another rant and not our focus here....)

The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of a teacher (sorry Vader, had you learned that you wouldn't have ended up in your black suit).

I'm proud to know teachers, proud to have had great teachers in my life, and proud to send my children into the hands of the next generation of great teachers (plus I'm proud to send my children out of the house!!!!!).

Good luck this year teachers. You matter. May the force be with you. :thumbsup:
 

CaptainSolo1138

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(Bad teachers create monsters, but that's another rant and not our focus here....)
Perhaps its just the teacher in me talking, but (at least at an upper level) bad teachers teach me just as much about teaching as good ones. While I model my own style and methods after the good ones, I use the bad ones as an example of what I do not to do.
 

Qui-Long Gone

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Perhaps its just the teacher in me talking, but (at least at an upper level) bad teachers teach me just as much about teaching as good ones. While I model my own style and methods after the good ones, I use the bad ones as an example of what I do not to do.

That's good for the teacher Captian, but still doesn't help the student.

Let me give you an example. A little boy was very poor at math, in fact, he was just plain bored with it. One day that boy started to do well in the subject in a game called around the world. Two students would be given flashcards (multiplication, addition, etc.). The winner (the one who said the answer first) advanced to face off with another student while the looser sat down. So one day this boy (yes it's me, and no I'm not a monster for those keeping tabs) started to win several rounds, 12 in a row in fact. "Math is fun" he thought. Indeed this boy beat the three smartest kids in his class during his epic run. Then he finally lost (no big deal). What was the teacher's response to his small moment of glory? "I'm glad you lost," she said, "you were annoying me." After that day, my small-lived affair with math ended in bitter, bitter angst. Luckily I still liked all other subjects so school was never a drag....except math.
 

TeeEye7

Jedi Apprentice
I'd feel disrespectful saying I'm a teacher, but I am doing my student teaching this semester.
This is where the career begins, Cappy, so yes, you are a teacher! :yes:

I'm an instructor (we don't use the word teacher....heaven forbid! :rolleyes: Dumb cops...) in our law enforcement academy. I have lesson plans, labs, and lectures to prepare, but I only teach a 12 hour segment in the academy. Academies happen only when we're hiring, and thank the Maker I'll have three academies by year's end (this is extra bucks for me at a much higher pay than my regular job since I'm considered an adjunct faculty member through the local junior college).

I would consider myself a quasi-teacher whereas you are definitely on your way! :thumbsup:
 

Bel-Cam Jos

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Perhaps its just the teacher in me talking, but (at least at an upper level) bad teachers teach me just as much about teaching as good ones. While I model my own style and methods after the good ones, I use the bad ones as an example of what I do not to do.
I've done the same thing. I remember what didn't work for me as a student, and try to NOT repeat that problem. I have my problems, sure, but I hope my good techniques and lessons overshadow my negative points.

What SW stuff (if any) is in/around your classroom, if you get your own?
 

CaptainSolo1138

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What SW stuff (if any) is in/around your classroom, if you get your own?
For me, the only thing I could see ever making its way into one of my classes would be figures, especially those with historical elements in them (i.e. Vader's helmet).

Earlier this year I was at Hot Topic and saw the poster of "Educational Decree No. 98" from "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and I knew I had to have it for my class. What is "Educational Decree No. 98" you ask? "Those wishing to join the Inquisitorial Squad for extra credit may sign up in the High Inquisitor's office.":yes:
 

Mad Slanted Powers

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May 20, 2002
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I used to think I might go into teaching, but I never did go into the education program as an undergrad. I was thinking about doing it after graduation. I picked up the application packet and after looking through that I decided it wasn't for me. I decided to do what my college roommate did, which was go to grad school in math and then teach community college. As a grad student, I taught a class each quarter under the direction of a lead instructor, but I just never got comfortable doing it. I wasn't able to open up and have fun with it, and most of the students were probably bored to tears.
 

CaptainSolo1138

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I wasn't able to open up and have fun with it, and most of the students were probably bored to tears.
I can tell you first hand that it is due to not having done it long enough. Sure, there are "naturals" who find their "teacher pants" right away. In my experience thus far, I can see where I'm good and where I need improvement. I know I have another 30 years or so to get it right, so I don't worry about it. I simply make a note to be mindful of it next time.

For example, during my mid-tier I was required to teach a minimum of two lessons. My first lesson was on turn of the century urban living/development. That lesson went absolutely, 100% perfect to the point that students were asking me questions related to the topic (but not essential to the lesson) after the lecture. Figuring I had somehow captured lightning in a bottle, I used basically the exact same lesson format for a section on the Women's Suffrage movement. If you listen closely, you can still hear the bomb I dropped echoing somewhere over Lake Erie.
 

sith_killer_99

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Sep 5, 2001
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One of the great things I love about the military is the training. There is always something new to learn or something old to brush up on.

As a Non-commissioned Officer it often falls to me to teach as well. I received my "Instructor" identifier back in 1998.

I have been "teaching" for years. The subjects vary greatly, everything from, how to conduct convoy operations to field sanitation to MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) specific training. My MOS is 68A (Biomedical Equipment Technician). My "real world" job is to maintain and repair medical equipment. Then there is leadership training, mentoring and developing a new crop of NCO's to carry the mission forward. To me that has been the most rewarding, to take young Soldiers, train them, develop them and watch them grow into good leaders.

I am currently working on getting a slot at the school house. This would be a full time teaching position geared towards MOS training. We get a fresh crop of Soldiers and teach them the fundamentals of electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics, etc. all relating specifically to our "real world" job.

I am also considering the "Troops to Teachers" program. I want to take up a teaching position directly after I retire (5 more years!!!). Something to hold me over until I can get elected into office.:D
 

TeeEye7

Jedi Apprentice
My wife's first day of school went pretty well for the most part.

Her main trouble was with a couple of parents whose kids are in her class. They are two moms we consider friends (both of their husbands work with me at the Sheriff's Office) but who cannot stand each other. I guess they got into it and one mom is considering yanking their kid out of my wife's class.

Both are Type A personalities. Both are very active volunteering in the classroom. It's too bad they're thinking of themselves and not their child's education.

:rolleyes: